Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest: Fuel Structure, Fuel Dynamics and Fire Behaviour

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Project Vesta was a comprehensive research project to investigate the behavior and spread of high-intensity bushfires in dry eucalypt forests with different fuel ages and understorey vegetation structures. The project was designed to quantify age-related changes in fuel attributes and fire behavior in dry eucalypt forests typical of southern Australia.

The four main scientific aims of Project Vesta were:
* To ...

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Project Vesta: Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest: Fuel Structure, Fuel Dynamics and Fire Behaviour

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Overview

Project Vesta was a comprehensive research project to investigate the behavior and spread of high-intensity bushfires in dry eucalypt forests with different fuel ages and understorey vegetation structures. The project was designed to quantify age-related changes in fuel attributes and fire behavior in dry eucalypt forests typical of southern Australia.

The four main scientific aims of Project Vesta were:
* To quantify the changes in the behavior of fire in dry eucalypt forest as fuel develops with age (i.e. time since fire)
* To characterize wind speed profiles in forest with different overstorey and understorey vegetation structure in relation to fire behavior
* To develop new algorithms describing the relationship between fire spread and wind speed, and fire spread and fuel characteristics including load, structure and height
* To develop a National Fire Behavior Prediction System for dry eucalypt forest

These aims have been addressed through a program of experimental burning and associated studies at two sites in the south-west of Western Australia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780643065345
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gould is the Project Coordinator, Engineering Projects for Developing Countries, Lincoln University, Cantebury, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1) Introduction; 2) Experimental Design; 3) Fuel; 4) In-forest Wind; 5) Fuel Moisture and Drought Conditions; 6) Fire Behaviour Experiments; 7) Flame Dimensions and Temperatures; 8) Prediction of Fire Behaviour in Open Eucalypt Forest; 9) The Contribution of Bark as Fuel; 10) Spotting Behaviour and Firebrand Distribution; References; Appendices.

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